Course Details

Course Title2018 SPCP - Session 7: The ˜Glorified” Security Guard: Best Practices for the Pre-Employment Evaluation of Correction Officer Candidates
Date 10/1/2018
Provider2018 SPCP Annual Conference
LocationSarasota, FL
Credit Hours0.25
Instructor(s)Christopher A. Sbaratta, Ph.D.
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
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Course Description

This presentation centers on the public safety role of the Correction Officer (CO). Dr. Sbaratta will introduce this oft marginalized subsection of law enforcement applicants and discuss how psychologists in the New York City Department of Correction (NYCD) serve to mitigate public safety risk through specialized pre-employment evaluation. The extant research on correction (or correctional) officers is scant and has largely focused on career motivation, stress and burnout, relationships to domestic violence, and job performance. An extensive literature review yielded no empirical studies on best practices and/or individualized considerations when conducting pre-employment evaluations on applicants for this unique position. This presentation will (a) review the evolution of best practice standards for CO evaluation, (b) introduce results from relevant “in-house” data analysis and research, and (c) discuss specialized considerations made for the assessment of psychological suitability, as compared to other publ

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